Should have stopped them,
Should have said something,
Should have stepped in,
Should have broke it up,
Should have told them no,
Should have stopped the blows.

I didn’t,
I stood by.

I didn’t defend her bones,
I didn’t shield her face,
I didn’t uphold her honor,
I didn’t guard her innocence,
I didn’t act as her guardian angel,
I didn’t save her soul.

I just watched,
I stood by.


  1. Osharlequin says:

    Reblogged this on WorldofHarley and commented:

    The Bystander

  2. […] about the spirit of a warrior. Monument of Gore – Part 4 of my “killer” poems. The Bystander – What happens when someone stands by as evil is committed? Train Of Thought – A […]

  3. shauna says:

    Hmmm. Though I didn’t comment at the time, I think I may have read this back then!

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